Novato

Talking Whole Body and Sunscreen with Stephanie Pope from Whole Foods

June 7, 2017

Stephanie Pope

In this sponsored article from Whole Foods Market, we meet Stephanie Pope, who runs the Whole Body team at the Whole Foods Market store in Novato. We asked Stephanie to tell us about herself and her background, and to fill us in on her picks for the best kinds of sunscreen to use this summer. Stephanie is also the mom of 10-month-old Justine Bel!

What’s your background? Please tell us a little about you.

I began working for Whole Foods Market as a cashier in college back in 1999. I moved to New York City in 2001 after graduating college and continued to work for Whole Foods Market at the Chelsea store in Manhattan. That is where I found my home in Whole Body. I got a position as an Assistant Buyer and quickly advanced to Associate Team Leader for the Whole Body department. I opened the Columbus Circle store in Manhattan and in 2005 I moved back to Northern California to be the whole Body Team Leader at the Sebastopol store. In 2007 I joined the NorCal regional team as Associate Coordinator for Whole Body  From 2009–2012 I joined the Store Leadership team and worked at the Franklin, SOMA, and San Rafael locations. In 2012, I decided to follow my heart and step down from Store Leadership to go back to Whole Body. That is when I started working at the Novato store and running the Whole Body team here.

Picnics, Nature and Play at Stafford Lake Park

May 30, 2017

Stafford Lake

Stafford Lake, the reservoir that provides the town of Novato with much of its drinking water, is also the site of one of Marin's favorite outdoor recreation spots: Stafford Lake County Park. There are so many activities to do at this 139-acre park, and I'm surprised my family and I don't come here more often, especially since it's literally just around the corner from our house. If you haven't been there, you've certainly passed it on Novato Boulevard on your way out to the Cheese Factory or Point Reyes. With an upgraded play area, picnic spots, fishing, and an awesome bike park for all ages, you owe it to yourself to stop by and see what Stafford Lake has to offer!

Hit the Trail at Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

May 9, 2017

Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

One of the great things about living in Marin is the amount of easily accessible open space. Almost everyone has at least one trailhead right around the corner, so there's no excuse not to take the family on an outdoor excursion whenever possible. One of the most popular areas for hiking, horseback riding, cycling, and more in northern Marin is Indian Valley Open Space Preserve in Novato.

Located adjacent to the College of Marin's Indian Valley Campus, this 885-acre preserve is criss-crossed by a wide variety of trails, most shaded by oaks and California bay laurels, making it a pleasant place to go for a hike on a hot day. During various times of the year you can find a waterfall, wildflowers, and peaceful Pacheco pond, which is often teeming with wildlife like toads, frogs, fish, and newts. It's a popular destination for school groups studying our ecosystem.

Find Fresh Seasonal Produce at Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden in Novato

May 8, 2017

Indian Valley organic Farm and Garden

This spring and summer, the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden on the grounds of College of Marin's Indian Valley Campus is a great place to get organic fruits and veggies. A project of College of Marin, Conservation Corps North Bay, and the UC Cooperative Extension, this 5.8-acre certified organic education farm and garden is open to the public for produce shopping every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.

Bring your own bags and browse the farm stand for a wide variety of seasonal produce grown right there on-site. Right now, you can get artichokes, beets, radishes, chard, kale, leeks, and more. They also often sell plants like poppies and other flowers, fruit trees, strawberries, and tomatoes. Bring your own plastic bags, as they aren't provided here, although you can buy washable, reusable produce bags at the stand for a nominal fee.

The Downtown Novato Farmers Market Opens Tonight

May 2, 2017

The Downtown Novato Community Farmers Market opens for its 2017 season this evening, Tuesday, May 2. The market takes place from 4 to 8 pm on Grant Avenue between 1st and 4th Streets. Come check out an abundance of fresh produce from local farms, pony rides, bounce houses, live music, fresh prepared foods from local vendors, crafts, and more.

Bring the family for an evening of fun on Grant Avenue. Each year the Novato Farmers Market grows and improves, and boasts an impressive array of some of the Bay Area’s finest food purveyors, producers, farmers, and ranchers.

Don't Miss the Annual Pleasant Valley Elementary School Rummage Sale!

April 25, 2017

Pleasant Valley Rummage Sale
If you go to one rummage sale this year, this is the one you do not want to miss! The Pleasant Valley Elementary School Rummage Sale in Novato takes place this Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9 am–3 pm. This is the 6th major rummage sale for the school, and the PV's families have dug through closets, kids' rooms, and garages and contributed their treasures to this fundraiser. Rummage sale volunteers have weeded through the donations so only quality items will be available for sale—but at rummage sale prices, of course.

Splash, Play, and Learn at the Rolling Hills Club Summer Camps

April 18, 2017

Rolling Hills Club Summer Camps

Looking for a fun camp for your kids this summer? Novato's Rolling Hills Club has been a favorite spot for summer fun for many Marin families for decades, and this season the club offers a full program of exciting and active summer camps for kids ranging in age from 3 to 13. Campers will enjoy plenty of traditional camp activities as well as STEAM based programming. (They'll learn something new every day and not even know it!)

Nutrition Tips for Parents and Kids

April 17, 2017

Whole Foods Market

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from our partners at Whole Foods Markets Marin, with locations in Mill Valley, San Rafael, and Novato.

If you’re confused about what’s healthy and what’s not, we understand — there’s plenty of conflicting information out there. Although dietary fads come and go, here’s a rundown of basic principles of good nutrition and healthy growth.

Don’t forget: We make it easy for you to shop with confidence by doing all of the research for you. Check out our Quality Standards for all the details on what’s not allowed on our shelves.

Hiking with Kids in Marin: Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve

March 12, 2017

Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve Novato

While not as iconic, renowned, or tall as southern Marin's Mount Tamalpais, Novato's Mount Burdell offers its own kind of charm and appeal for families looking for an easy outdoor outing. Mount Burdell Open Space preserve boasts plenty of wide fire roads and trails that are perfect for a hike with small children. Those after more challenging treks can head uphill and look for the seasonal Hidden Lake, hike to the top of the 1,558-foot peak for amazing views of the San Francisco Bay Area, and even drop down into neighboring Olompali State Historic Park.

Wildflowers of all different colors are beginning to make an appearance, and seasonal streams burble and splash their way down the hilside. Keep an eye open for birds of all sorts, including red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, and wild turkeys, as well as a variety of colorful butterflies. Late winter and early spring is really a magical time of year here!

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